Posts tagged Berlin
Chromeography Exhibition: The Logo
She managed to balance the flowing style of her natural freehand lettering with the more mechanical nature of mid-century emblems cut from metal. It clearly references several decades of classic automotive brightwork without leaning too heavily on any one example or era. The allusions are obvious yet the mark is completely original. This thing really could exist on a car or refrigerator made anytime between 1930 and 1965.
Two objects — one for the title wall (on Laura’s Bel Air silhouette) and one for the window — were milled with a slightly angled bevel and sprayed with a chromesque coating.
More photos of the show later, but for now it’s best seen in person.
Thanks to Rob Keller of Mota Italic for these photos.
Auto-Teile Mehringdamm, Golßener Straße in Berlin
Photos by Florian Hardwig
These ads for an auto parts shop are painted on the back of the graveyard wall in Golßener Straße, Berlin-Kreuzberg. There are two layers from different times…
That mark above the ‘u’ is not an umlaut (ü). As Florian Hardwig explains:
The u hook was a common means in German handwriting and was indispensable with the zigzag style of Kurrentschrift. It has survived in some more contemporary (script) lettering styles.
Related and confusing: the habit of putting a (straight) bar on the ‘n’, to denote a double ‘n’.
How effective is your city’s public transit? Above are the estimated distances one can travel on bus, tram, or subway within 45 minutes from comparable residential neighborhoods* in LA, San Francisco, New York, and Berlin. Maximum walking time to/from stations and stops is set at 15 minutes, and estimates are for weekday travel. The data comes from the wonderful Mapnificent which includes many more cities and some other slick features I encourage you to try for yourself.
*Perhaps I’m being unfair to LA because I’m less familiar with it. If there’s a neighborhood other than Los Feliz that is more like the others in terms of relative rent, safety, livability, etc., please comment below. But, from my trials, the transit accessibility map is similarly disheartening anywhere in LA, unless you’re downtown.
Bergmannstraße. Where you can park your piano in front of a “no parking” sign and smoke a cigarette.
Later, we watched him push his piano up the street in 94° weather. I should have helped.